HeliCat 22: A Catamaran That Flies Over Rough Water

By: | December 10th, 2014

The innovative HeliCat 22 looks like a helicopter, but does its best work on the water, not in the air. This cool-looking catamaran is fast and stable, equipped with 4 side facing jump seats with seat belts. It has optional side vinyl doors which keep passengers completely dry. However, one can choose to not utilize the doors in order to feel the open air, similar to a motorcycle ride. The boat is great for fun rides, island transport, and resort adventure tours.

 

Innovative design: The idea behind the HeliCat 22’s innovative design came from combining the fast, stable, lightweight qualities of catamaran hulls with a helicopter-like design. The unique helicopter-influenced catamaran design makes the ride fast, lightweight and perfect for rough water voyages. The enclosed cockpit keeps water out like a typical boat cockpit.

Fuel efficiency: The Helicat has two independent motor/electrical systems for redundancy. At speeds of 20-45 mph; it gets 5 to 3.5 miles per gallon, good for a boat that capable of handling choppy water conditions.

Those who are interested in buying a HeliCat 22 can choose between dual 60-hp and 90-hp engines. The boat is just 21.5 ft (6.5 m) long and weighs about 3,300 lb (1,500 kg) with trailer and fuel.  The HeliCat requires almost no maintenance at all and can be easily towed by mid-sized cars and SUVs.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. You can also find Nidhi on Google+.

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